Ahhh, the daily grind. We all have our own “grind” – the routine and habits that become daily occurrences, where you don’t have to think so much about the actions for them to happen. Often these daily occurrences become such habit that we don’t actively think about them while they are happening. It might be the cereal you eat for breakfast, your commute to work, the Tim’s coffee drive-thru, going out for lunch at work, time on your smartphone… you get the picture. Every day, we go through so many actions and sometimes we forget that we actually have control over these actions – we can make choices about how we want to live our lives. When we stop the habits and make conscious choices instead, we live with intention.
If you’re looking to add more intention to your life, there are some simple steps you can take to get started:
- Examine your life: take a look at the routine that you’ve established. What parts make you happiest? What parts do you not enjoy? Do you find you’re too busy? Too bored? Imagine what a perfect day might look like for you. Now what steps might you take to live that day more often?
- Explore yourself: What are your strengths, your weaknesses, and your passions? Are you making choices that play to those strengths and avoid those weaknesses? How much time are you dedicating to your passions?
- Start small: Once you’ve done some reflection, set some small daily actions or goal to accomplish. Here are some examples: daily meditation, pick up a new hobby, spend more time with family, drink more water, go for a walk after work, read a bit of a book everyday, spend less money, cook good food. You can see how some of these actions align with the topics we’ve covered on previous weeks!
- Set bigger goals: If your reflection has allowed you to notice bigger items in your life that you’d like to change, set some longer term goals to help you take the next step. Maybe it’s a career move, like starting your own business. Maybe it’s time to add more active transportation in your life that requires you to move your schedule around to leave more time for walking or riding your bike. Even if they might seem unattainable at first, setting these types of goals is like setting intention! Often ways of accomplishing bigger goals will present themselves if you keep the goal in mind.
Here are some more resources that can help you get started along the path of living with more intention: